FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Common questions people have are listed below:
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Do I need referral from my GP?
Please note under certain schemes you may need a referral.
How long will my appointment take?
If you have a complex medical history or condition, or for complex breastfeeding issues, we recommend you consider booking an extended consultation to allow sufficient time. An extended initial consultation will take approximately 1 hour to complete. If an extended follow-up appointment is also required, this will take approximately 45 minutes.
What should I expect at my first consultation?
Although there are not many conditions that require diagnostic imaging before a first appointment, if you have any x-rays, scans, diagnostic imaging, test results or reports for your injury or condition, bring them along. For babies and young children, please bring their Maternal and Child Health green, along with any other items required to keep them comfortable throughout the appointment.
Your osteopath will ask about your problem and symptoms. This will include your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. Your osteopath will advise you if they can treat you or you need to be referred to another health practitioner.
Your osteopath will conduct an examination and clinical tests. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, movement and postural assessments, which determine how best to manage your condition. The osteopath may lift your arms or legs and you may be asked to bend over, or be asked to perform an activity. Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to assessment and clinical management, so your osteopath may look at the area that is troubling you, as well as other parts of your body. For example if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
Your osteopath will explain their diagnosis and the proposed treatment plan with you, and gain informed consent to continue with hands-on treatment. Osteopaths provide a broad range of treatments, including manual therapy, prescription of clinical exercises for you to do at home or work, lifestyle interventions and recommend equipment to help you manage your condition and function.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Do you require payment on the day?
Do you offer discounts?
Is osteopathic treatment covered by my health fund?
Please speak with your health insurer to determine your level of cover.
Is osteopathic treatment covered by Medicare?
However, if you have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition and require complex care, you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.
Please note this is not a bulk billed service. Full payment is required on the day of service, after which a rebate claimed back from Medicare at the time of payment. Please speak with your GP for further information.
Is osteopathic treatment covered by NDIS?
How many appointments will I need?
In general, you may feel some change within 2-3 treatments.